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Are you still worried about flying during your pregnancy from the UK?

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Are you still worried about flying during your pregnancy from the UK?

Having a baby is one of the most exciting things that could happen to you. You are eager for everything to be perfect, no hinges of any kind, right? 

It is understandable for you to be sceptical about flying during your pregnancy. You are worried about the psychological and environmental changes associated with air travel that may cause you preterm labour or an obstetric emergency developing during the flight amongst other complications. 

But should you be? 

Keep reading and find out why there is no need to be scared of flying during your pregnancy. 

A Common Myth: Body scanners harm you or your baby

The Department of Transport and Health Protection Agency, UK, published in 2010 that there is no evidence that air travel increases pregnancy complication risks such as preterm labour, rupture of membranes or abruption for a healthy individual.

A debunked myth surrounding air travel during pregnancy revolves around ‘body scanners radiation', as in while a negligible dose of radiation is absorbed during a security check, the dose level is not considered significant enough to be considered a risk to either the mother or fetus. 

To put things into context, millimetre wave units, those machines that provide 3–dimensional images during an airport security check, have emission levels 10 000 times lower than a mobile phone according to US Authorities.  Your pregnancy can therefore not be affected by body scanners. 

However, here are some risk need to be aware of while travelling by air:

It is a fact that travelling by air may have some discomfort for some pregnant women. You may experience: 

  • Swelling of your leg due to fluid retention
  • The changes in air pressure can cause you to experience problems with your ears, you could equally have a blocked nose. 
  • Also, if you experience motion sickness during the flight, it can make your sickness worse, hence causing you pregnancy sickness. 
  • You may equally be prone to DVT, which is a blood clot that forms between your leg or pelvis. It can be life-threatening if it travels to your lungs. As a pregnant woman, or even after up to six weeks when you give birth to your baby, you can be a victim of DVT. 

Your doctor will be best placed to advise you if you should travel or not. 

It is generally accepted that how late you can fly when pregnant is usually before your pregnancy is 36 weeks old. After this interval, most airlines will not allow you to fly. However, you are free to fly in most airlines in early pregnancy.   

As such, despite flying pregnant is generally safe, here is one thing you must know and do to make sure that your journey is hinge free. 

Get full travel insurance that covers Medical Repatriation costs back to the UK if you plan to travel while pregnant. 

For you to have a successful trip while pregnant, plan for the worst and ensure your insurance policy covers the costs of medical repatriation back to the UK. Should you be reading this during an emergency abroad and need to be repatriated back immediately, get in touch with our team ASAP and we shall rapidly assist you with the best steps to take to get you back home safely. 

Medical Repatriation UK will guarantee you a speedy and safe return. Whenever you have an unforeseen medical issue with your pregnancy, within 24 hours we will arrange an air ambulance for you with an experienced medical team on board. 

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